Released May 12, 2020
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This release notes document is written for the person who installs, configures and/or administers the LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Linux product. The document contains important information not detailed in the formal LifeKeeper Single Server Protection documentation set such as system requirements, new features and links to product restrictions and troubleshooting hints and tips. It is important that you review this document before installing and configuring LifeKeeper Single Server Protection software.
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Product Description
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection allows for application monitoring in a single node configuration (i.e., no cluster requirements or restraints). Single node environments may be physical or virtual (vSphere, KVM, Amazon EC2). LifeKeeper Single Server Protection is built on the proven and stable architecture of SIOS LifeKeeper. LifeKeeper Single Server Protection provides superior application monitoring and can perform recovery of failed applications and system infrastructure items (e.g., NFS share, IP address, File System). If an application cannot be recovered for some reason, LifeKeeper Single Server Protection will initiate a restart of the node via a system reboot or via a VMware HA restart for VMware virtual machines configured for VM and Application Monitoring.
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Software is bundled and runs on 64-bit systems (x86_64, AMD64) and is comprised of the following components:
- LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Software
- SteelEye Management Console with LifeKeeper Single Server Protection vSphere Client Plug-in (optional software for VMware environments only)
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Optional Recovery Software
The following optional software provides resource definition and recovery software for the application versions listed. See the Support Matrix and Recovery Kit Administration Guides for the requirements for each recovery software.
|LifeKeeper Apache Web Server Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkAPA-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||Apache Web Server v2.4|
|LifeKeeper SAP DB / MaxDB Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkSAPDB-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||SAP MaxDB v7.9|
|LifeKeeper DB2 Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkDB2-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||
IBM DB2 Universal Database v10.5, v11.1 and v11.5
IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition (ESE) v10.5, v11.1 and v11.5
IBM DB2 Workgroup Server Edition (WSE) v10.5, v11.1 and v11.5
IBM DB2 Express Edition v10.5, v11.1 and v11.5
|LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkORA-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||
Oracle Database Enterprise Edition v12c, v12c R2, v18c and v19c (excluding ASM and pluggable database)
Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 (SE2) v12c, v12c R2, v18c and v19c (excluding ASM and pluggable database)
|LifeKeeper MySQL Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkSQL-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||
MySQL and MySQL Enterprise v5.7 and v8.0
MariaDB v10.3 and v10.4
|LifeKeeper PostgreSQL Recovery Kit||
PostgreSQL v9.5,v9.6, v10, v11 and v12
EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus Advanced Server/EDB Postgres Advanced Server v9.4, v9.5, v9.6, v10.0, v11.0 and v12.0
|LifeKeeper Sybase ASE Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkSYBASE-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||Sybase ASE 15.7 and 16.0|
|LifeKeeper Postfix Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkPOSTFIX-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||Postﬁx software provided with the supported Linux distributions installed and configured on each server. The same version of Postfix should be installed on each server.|
|LifeKeeper Samba Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkSMB-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||Standard Samba file services provided with the supported Linux distributions|
|LifeKeeper NFS Server Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkNFS-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||
Linux kernel version 2.6 or later
The NFS Server and client packages must be installed on SLES systems.
|LifeKeeper Network Attached Storage Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkNAS-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||NFS version of Mounted NFS file systems from an NFS server or Network Attached Storage (NAS) device v2, v3 and v4|
|LifeKeeper WebSphere MQ Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkMQS-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||
IBM MQ v8.0, v9.0 and v9.1
See Known Issues and Restrictions > Installation.
|Quick Service Protection||steeleye-lkQSP-9.5.0-7075.noarch.rpm||Quick Service Protection supplies functionality to easily protect OS services.|
Features of LifeKeeper Single Server Protection
|Temporal Recovery Logic||Local recovery attempt limits can be set providing improved application availability.|
|Multi-Level Policies||Recovery options can be specified at the server and resource levels allowing clients to define the most appropriate recovery strategy for each application.|
|Notification Only/Maintenance Mode||Allows users to temporarily disable monitoring of one or more resources preventing LifeKeeper Single Server Protection from attempting to recover a resource that is undergoing maintenance.|
|VMware vSphere Integration||Integrates with VMware’s vSphere platform to improve application availability while allowing organizations to realize the full benefits of server virtualization and automation. (VMware environments only)|
|vSphere Client Plug-in||Centralized management and monitoring through the vSphere Client. (VMware environments only)|
|LifeKeeper Core||Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.8 (Certified in July 2020)|
|Supports CentOS 7.8 (Certified in July 2020)|
|Supports Oracle Linux 7.8 (Certified in July 2020) .|
|Supports SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 (Certified in July 2020)|
|Support VMware vSphere 7.0 (Certified in July 2020)|
|Supports CentOS 8.0|
|Supports Oracle Linux 8.0|
|Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1|
|Supports CentOS 8.1|
|Supports Oracle Linux 8.1|
|The CLI has been enhanced to allow you to control LifeKeeper through the Command Line Interface. See LKCLI for details.|
|PostgreSQL||Support PostgreSQL 12|
|EDB Postgres Advanced Server v12.0 is supported. (Certified in July 2020)|
|LifeKeeper Core, Filesystem, NFS, DB2, MaxDB, Sybase ASE||Bug Fixes|
|LifeKeeper Core||OpenJDK included with OS is installed. See Configuring the LifeKeeper GUI for details.|
|Supports SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1|
|Supports Oracle Linux 7.7|
|Supports CentOS 7.7|
|Supports AWS Nitro system|
|Supports AWS Transit Gateway|
|Install, IP, MaxDB||Bug Fixes|
|LifeKeeper Core||Oracle Linux 7 Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 (UEK R5) is supported.|
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 is supported.
Note: Upgrading from one kernel version to another major version such as from RHEL7 to RHEL8 is NOT supported. (i.e DataKeeper resource does NOT work when upgrading from RHEL7 to RHEL8.)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 is now supported. (Authorized in November 2019)
|MySQL||MariaDB10.3 is supported.|
|DB2||DB2 11.5 is supported.|
|General maintenance||Bug Fixes|
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 is supported.
CentOS 7.6 is supported.
Oracle Linux Version 7.6 is supported.
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 is supported.|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 is supported.|
|Install||The -s option for saving the current setup configuration has been added to the setup command.|
|PostgreSQL||PostgreSQL 11 is supported.|
|EDB Postgres Advanced Server v11 is supported.|
|MQ||SIOS Protection Suite for Linux now supports IBM MQ 9.1|
|Oracle||Support Oracle 19c (Certified in August 2019).|
|General Maintenance||Bug fixes|
Updated the OpenSSL package to 1.0.2p
Support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10
Support CentOS 6.10
Support Oracle Linux 6 Update 10
|MySQL||Support MySQL 8.0|
|Oracle||Support Oracle 18c (Certified in March 2019)|
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 7.5 is supported.
CentOS7.5 is supported.
Oracle Linux Version 7.5 is supported.
Support VMware vSphere 6.7. (Certified in October 2018)
|Install||The installation script has been renewed. For details, please click here.|
|Oracle, Samba, MQ, Sybase, Filesystem, Generic Application, QSP||Bug fixes|
Support PostgreSQL 10
EDB Postgres Advanced Server v10.0 is now supported. (Certified in April 2018)
Support Oracle Linux 7.4
Support CentOS 7.4
Support SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3
|PostgreSQL||Support EDB Postgres Advanced Server 9.6|
|MQ||Support IBM MQ 9.0|
Support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4
SNMP trap can be sent to multiple targets
Virtualization environment Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor is supported. (SPS is not supported)
|IP||IP resources using real IP (primary IP address configured for NIC) can be created|
|PostgreSQL||Support PostgreSQL 9.6|
|MQ||Support IBM MQ 9.0 (Certified in December 2017)|
|SAP MaxDB, Install||Bug fixes|
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1 support.
* SLES12.0 is not supported.
* Btrfs is not supported.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 7.3 support.
Oracle Linux Version 7.3 support.
* UEK is not supported.
vSphere 6.5 support (SMC feature is no longer supported with vSphere 6.5).
|PostgreSQL|| PostgreSQL 9.5 support
EDB Postgres Advanced Server v9.5 support
|Sybase ASE||Sybase ASE 16.0 support.|
|MySQL|| MySQL 5.7 support on RHEL 7.x/CentOS 7.x/OEL 7.x.
* MySQL 5.7 on other OS is already supported.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 support (Certified in September 2016).
CentOS 6.8, Oracle Linux 6.8 support (Certified in September 2016).
*MD RecoveryKit is not supported on these OS.
LifeKeeper API for Monitoring
Added API to supply LifeKeeper status and log information.
Quick Service Protection support
Added functionality to easily protect OS services.
Support of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 7.2.
※MySQL RK is not supporting RHEL 7.x/CentOS 7.x/OEL 7.x.
※Support of RHEL 7.2 by each application must be confirmed by user.
Update OpenSSL package to 1.0.1q
WebSphere MQ – Added support for Multi-version WebSphere MQ. With this support queue managers for 7.1, 7.5, and 8.x can all be protected on the same cluster node.
Added the function that mqm group user can execute MQ command alternatively
|IP, Filesystem, PostgreSQL, SAP DB/MaxDB, Oracle||Bug Fixes.|
|Licensing||Update the package of FlexNet|
|LikeKeeper Core||Bug Fixes|
vSphere 6 support (SMC feature is no longer supported with vSphere 6.)
reiserfs filesystem is no longer supported.
Arks supported with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 7.0/7.1, Community ENTerprise Operating System (CentOS) Version 7.0/7.1, and Oracle Linux Version 7.0/7.1 are the same as LifeKeeper for Linux v8.4.1. (Arks to be applied: PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, DB2, Apache, Postfix, NFS, NAS, Samba)
JRE 8u51 support. (JRE 7 is no longer supported.)
Chrome Browser is no longer supported
|FileSystem, PostgreSQL||Bug Fixes.|
The following is a list of the latest bug fixes and enhancements.
|PL-114||Added a timer to the restore functionality in the MaxDB ARK|
|PL-118||NFS quickCheck fails to detect matching export option list if an option is listed more than once|
|PL-1215||Enhanced quickCheck for NFS resources to monitor fsid|
|PL-2300||The LifeKeeper logrotate configuration does not reload rsyslog, which results in lost LK logging after log rotation|
|PL-2310||Avoid using Sybase “shutdown with nowait”|
|PL-2320||Repaired DB2 ARK to create DB2 resource if character code is set to IBM-943|
|PL-3149||Added XFS sanity check|
|PL-3232||Fixed an issue where resources could not be created if Sybase was installed outside of /opt/sybase|
|PL-3415||Fixed a duplicate message ID|
|PL-3518||Stopping LifeKeeper needs to clean up in-progress tasks such as machine failover, quorum_isp, and quickCheck daemons|
|PL-4164||lkstop fails if the process of removing all the resources takes more than 90 seconds|
|PL-4355||Fixed an issue where LifeKeeper also stopped if the rsyslog service stopped on systems employing systemd|
|LifeKeeper Core||System log management using syslog-ng is no longer supported. Please use rsyslog.|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11.0 to SP4 is no longer supported.|
|Oracle||Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 11g R2 is no longer supported.|
|Oracle Database Standard Edition 11g R2 is no longer supported.|
|Oracle Database Standard Edition One 11g R2 is no longer supported.|
|MySQL||MariaDB 5.5, 10.0 is no longer supported.|
|PostgreSQL||PostgreSQL 9.4 is no longer supported.|
|EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus Advanced Server 9.4 is no longer supported.|
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Product Requirements
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection is supported on any Linux platform that satisfies the minimum requirements included in the table below.
|Linux Operating System||See the Linux Configuration Table for specific operating system information.|
The guest operating system running on the virtual machine must be one of the supported versions listed in the Linux Configuration Table. The following virtual environment is an example where SIOS Protection Suite for Linux is deployed. Please refer to the Support Matrix for detailed versions of supported virtualization environments.
vSAN configuration is supported for vSphere 6.5 or later except RDM which is not supported by VMWare.
Fibre channel SAN and shared SCSI cluster configurations are not supported with SPS for Linux running in a KVM and Oracle VM Server for x86 virtual machine.
Note: On SLES v12 or later running on AWS or Azure, the dynamic change of the virtual IP address by the cloud network plug-in may affect the operation of the LifeKeeper cluster. For detailed information, see LifeKeeper Core – Known Issues / Restrictions.
|Memory||The minimum memory requirement for a system running LifeKeeper Single Server Protection is 512 MB. This is the minimum amount required by LifeKeeper Single Server Protection supported Linux distributions. System memory should be sized for the applications that will be running on the LifeKeeper Single Server Protection protected system as well.|
The LifeKeeper Single Server Protection requires the following disk space:
/opt – approx 100MB (depending on kits installed)
/ – approx 110MB
|Java Runtime Environment||
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Support Software Requirements
The following table of Supporting Software is only required in VMware VMs configured for VM and Application Monitoring.
VMware vSphere Client (for LifeKeeper Single Server Protection vSphere Client Plug-in functionality)
VMware Tools installed and running on all protected virtual machines
VMware Application HA monitoring must be enabled and set to VM and Application Monitoring for all protected virtual machines
|Approximately 175 KB in /opt (for VMware Tools|
Client Platforms and Browsers
The LifeKeeper Single Server Protection web client can run on any platform that provides support for Java Runtime Environment JRE8 update 51. The currently supported configurations are Firefox (Firefox 51 or earlier) and Internet Explorer on Linux, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 with JRE8 update 51. Other recent platforms and browsers will likely work with the SPS web client, but they have not been tested by SIOS Technology Corp. In addition, particular features of each browser also have not been tested.
IP addresses for LifeKeeper Single Server Protection components (e.g. the SteelEye Management Console and vCenter when installed in a VMware configuration) and protected Linux guests must be resolvable via DNS or the local hosts file (usually/etc/hosts or C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts). Using the local hosts file minimizes the client connection time and allows the client to connect even in the event of a Domain Name Server (DNS) failure.
See the Known Issues and Workarounds section in LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Linux Technical Documentation for known issues, workarounds and other troubleshooting information.